Children's Books & Writing Stories Once upon a time...  Children's Books & Writing Stories Once upon a time...


For 93 years the Radio Times Christmas issue has been as much a part of British seasonal festivities as mince pies and tinsel.


This debut ‘Christmas Number’ was the brainchild of first editor Leonard Crocombe, who began the magazine in September 1923. Its colour cover (by an illustrator now known only as ‘Kay’) trebled the price to sixpence but it still sold out its 250,000 print run. The seemingly well-to-do wireless listeners on the cover appear sat by a strangely un-festive fireside.

When I was a lad at school around 13 years old, our Maths teacher used to call me Wol. At the end of the year as we were moving up a class I plucked up courage to ask why he called me Wol. He told meit was thename of the deslexic owl in Winnie the Pooh. With my Harry Potter glasses he said I looked like the Wise Old Owl in the Winnie the Pooh stories.


Being the vain person I am I took it as a compliment

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